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When you’re a pharmacist, you dispense medication, provide detailed patient consultations, and carry out effective medication regimens with the highest measure of safety and efficiency. But when you’re a Navy Pharmacist, you will dispense not only health but hope. And propel your career ahead by being an integrally involved member of the patient-care team.

For those who meet education requirements and have graduated from pharmacy school, the Navy offers outstanding advancement opportunities, including clinical interactions with physicians, nurses and social workers, and the chance to mentor Third World pharmacists during humanitarian missions. Through it all, your experience will be unrivaled, and your potential working environments will be some of the most dynamic around.

Plus, depending upon your credentials, you may be eligible for a $30,000 sign-on bonus and/or help repaying educational loans. Whether you’re a graduate student or a practicing professional, you’ll receive a competitive salary, guaranteed vacations and a manageable workload. You’ll also find yourself in one of the most rewarding experiences of your professional career.

Expand the boundaries of your degree in ways that outweigh civilian jobs in nearly every aspect. And receive specialty training and continuing postgraduate education that will allow you to maintain a competitive edge. Here, you’ll attain skills that will take you far, long after your time of service.

Job Description

As a Navy Pharmacist, you will practice pharmaceutical care and work with a distinguished network of medical professionals united in the common pursuit of excellence.

You could also:

  • Take advantage of two American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency programs, available annually
  • Have the opportunity to manage and mentor other Navy Pharmacists
  • Become eligible for full-time, out-service training programs for master’s and postgraduate pharmaceutical degrees

Specific Responsibilities

As an Officer and Clinical Care Provider, you will be responsible for:

  • Drug information services
  • Drug-use evaluations
  • Unit dose distribution
  • Quality control
  • Sterile products
  • Patient counseling
  • Interventions
  • Administration and much more

Work Environment

As a Clinical Care Provider, you will work in military hospitals and clinics in the U.S., overseas, aboard aircraft carriers and with special operational units, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington State.

You could also work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide pharmaceutical support aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, in support of the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.

Graduate Students

Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) – Receive up to $134,600 while finishing your degree. This amount includes a generous monthly salary and housing allowance ranging from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 24 months.*

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.

Practicing Professionals

If you’re currently a practicing professional, you can take advantage of an available $30,000 sign-on bonus and:

Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) – Receive up to $80,000 to help repay your graduate school loans by applying to receive $40,000 each year for up to two years.*

To be eligible, you must serve as an Active Duty Medical Service Corps Officer for each year you receive the loan payment.

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

*Offer depends on specialty, service requirement and availability.


To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Pharmacist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an accredited college or university
  • Registration as a pharmacist in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia (licensure)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • GPA may vary with work experience (e.g., students with a low GPA [less than 2.8] who worked their way through college will receive the same consideration as applicants with a GPA of 3.2 or greater who did not work)
  • Work experience of two to three years


After the Navy

In the Navy, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities, incomparable benefits and experience, and deeper pride and purpose. You’ll also find superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off long after you return to the civilian world.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.